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After thirty-seven years, the jazz world collective Manteca continues to be a force of joyous sonic invention.

On September 23, 2016 the Juno Award winners deliver their 12th CD, The Twelfth of Never. Eight original compositions, recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto over four days in February with acclaimed engineer Jeff Wolpert.

With longevity comes a certain, “I yam what I yam,” creative defiance, an aural refusal to conform. When music critic Peter Goddard of the Toronto Star wrote about the group’s 11th recording, he called the work “gut grabbing innovation.” Oh yeah, we’ll take that !

After attending a pre-release listening session, Laurie Brown, host of the CBC Radio show The Signal remarked, “There’s a seismic emotional shift in the music. Cinematic and introspective, the atmosphere is moody and mysterious…the playing is exceptional and the sound is remarkable.”

The Twelfth of Never is by turns tender and cutting, both in your face and in your arms.

September 23, 2016…nope, not done yet.



Matt Zimbel: American Bravado, Canadian Modesty

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  Hi there my name is Matt Zimbel and our social media advisor told me to write something about myself. Over the course of our renewed social media life I have enjoyed writing about my band compatriots immensely… writing about me, not so much. You see I was born in the United States and moved to Canada when I was fourteen so I have a lot of that American bravado … Read More



Manteca has been a pan cultural mash up since it started in Toronto in 1979. Drawing on musical influences throughout the America’s, this nine member artist’s collective has been an international innovator at creating original music composed and arranged using the roots of world, jazz, and orchestral music. The Globe and Mail has called Manteca’s music, “Utopian, where everything is in balance.” The Toronto Star said Manteca’s 11th recording (2013), “Monday Night at the Mensa Disco” was a work of “gut grabbing innovation”. In the group’s 36 year history they have been Canada’s musical ambassadors, touring the world with an explosive high energy show full of joy and exhilarating musicianship. Manteca has shared stages at the world’s most prestigious festivals from the Hollywood Bowl to the North Sea Jazz Festival with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Weather Report and Van Morrison.

Melodic, powerful and fresh, their approach is at once joyous and muscular. With melodies often helmed by instruments considered off the beaten path of jazz such as bass clarinet and alto flute, the tracks are under pinned by skin on skin deep grooves of hand drums and grounded by kit, acoustic piano and bass.

Manteca has been a finalist for the Juno Awards 4 times and won the Juno for best instrumental once. The band’s extensive archives have been collected by the National Library of Canada and their recordings have been released around the world, with numerous releases in the Unites States, Germany, South Africa and Asia.



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